Thrones of Desire is a place where lust and legend abound, and adventure, passion and danger entwine. Think mystical lands and creatures, kings and queens, knights and renegades, heroes and villains, warlords, maidens and princesses. Think battles and danger, honor and dishonor, good and evil. Most of all, think hearts filled with passion and secret desire. This is a place where romantic chivalry is alive and well, but so too is romantic wickedness. This is a place where the good do not always win, and the bad are often more captivating and desirable than their altruistic counterparts. In these lush and timeless landscapes, the battle for flesh can be as important as the battle for power. Intrigue, sorcery, revenge, lawlessness, dark secrets and mysterious elixirs; entanglements with supernatural beings -- everything is possible in these magical mythical landscapes. Inspired by Game of Thrones these imaginative steamy tales transport the reader to fantastical realms.
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About the Author
Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and nonfiction. She has her own blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto's Weblog (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a web TV channel Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the quirky side of London. Her books include The Wilde Passions of Dorian Grey, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, Dying For It: Tales of Sex and Death, Red Velvet and Absinthe, Thrones of Desire, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, and Normal for Norfolk: The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles. She divides her time between Atlanta and London.
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Thrones of DesireErotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire
By Mitzi Szereto
Cleis PressCopyright © 2012 Mitzi Szereto
All right reserved.
Lydia stood in the middle of the cell. The floor under her bare feet was nothing but dirt and hay and dust mixed with disintegrated rat droppings. She had since removed the cloth belt from between her legs where it held her skirt up away from her feet like pants. It was easier to creep around when skirts could not snag on corners, but she was not creeping now. She had been caught, betrayed by a man who should know better, sentenced to burn by the king whose coffers she pilfered, and shut away in the castle dungeon to await her execution at dawn.
The sky through the window slit revealed stars. She could not yet smell the morning fog, and she still smelled ale and sweat on the breeze, which told her evening was still upon the city.
There was a moldy pallet in the corner, next to a bucket. Lydia used neither, simply stood. Her clothing was ordinary and her face was smudged with dust. But something was different; something was wrong. It was a feeling in the gut, like looking into a forest and knowing there was a creature staring back, something silent and unseen. She smiled, the curve of her lips almost imperceptible.
The woman whom the king called Witchthief waited.
After the bell tower chimed ten, the warden entered. He could not look her in the eye, but his strong, narrow jaw was set, his fists inadvertently tight. He bore marks of distress and distractionthere were deep circles under his eyes and his stubble smudged his cheek like charcoal.
Good evening, Hann,” she said.
He bowed slightly. The gesture was automatic and somewhat mocking. Lydia.”
You have had a good evening, have you not?” Lydia asked. Very lucrative.”
He shut the door behind him. His keys clinked in the lock. Where is the rest?”
You rescued’ the bag when Micah alerted the king I was digging through his treasure room.” Lydia stepped forward. Her left ankle dragged behind a bit, laden as it was with an iron shackle that attached her to the wall. You failed to inform me that Micah kept a Scrying Glass in there.”
I have been told that an artifact was also removed,” Hann interrupted. The timbre of his voice was official now. Cloaked in his profession, he found the fortitude to meet her eyes.
Is that what Micah told you?” Lydia’s expression remained placid and slightly bemused.
The king ordered me to search you for any additional items stolen.”
I am sure it will be such a chore.” Her smile became perceptible.
Damn it, Lydia, where is the Oculum?” Hann shouted, grabbing her by her arms. When he shook her, he made her chains rattle. She just laughed, the low, husky sound vibrating over his flesh.
Search me.” She peered up at him through her dark eyelashes.
Words cannot describe how glad I am you will burn on the morrow,” Hann said. He pulled at the ties of her bodice, spreading it open before him with nothing but her light chemise underneath. As her skirts moved and brushed against her legs, the clink of metal on metal was more apparent. She could no longer cover it with the sound of her shackle. When Hann heard it, he raised an eyebrow.
Really, Lydia. What did you think you were going to do with the treasure? Bribe the ferryman to take you the other direction?” Hann asked. Slowly, he slid the bodice down and loosened the final ties so that the material of her dress slid down her legs. There was a heavy clink as the full pocket-lined skirts fell to the stone floor.
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Table of Contents
Hot as a Dragon’s Blood Eric Del Carlo
Of High Renown Janine Ashbless
At the Sorcerer’s Command Kim Knox
Silver Anna Meadows
In the Kingdom of Roz Madeline Moore
Key to the Queen’s Elixir Jo Wu
Here There Be Dragons Ashley Lister
Flesh and Stone Sacchi Green
Saints and Heroes M. H. Crane
Escape Mitzi Szereto
Eyekeeper Aurelia T. Evans
The Widow’s Man Nyla Nox
Jericho Megan Arkenberg
The Last Sacrifice Zander Vyne
What People are Saying About This
"It's as good as the blurb promises and just as hot as it sounds! Thrones of Desire is every fantasy geek's wet daydream!"
For the Love of Reading
"Anytime you can throw a knight in front of a dragon for the love of a woman, you have my undivided attention!... These are fantastical stories of myths and knights, with a sexy element."
"Mitzi Szereto has done a top-notch editing job as each story seamlessly flows into the other. The stories range from lonely women tending to wounded soldiers to fierce female Dragonmeisters strutting around half-naked and generally being awesome. There are elements of magic, forbidden love, bitter sexual tension, violence, death, good versus evil, myth and folklore. Something for everyone, unless you are in anyway prudish
My favorite stories in the collection were "At the Sorcerer’s Command" by Kim Knox, "In the Kingdom of Roz" by Madeline Moore and "Eyekeeper" by Aurelia T. Evans. These three were very different stories but seemed to involve the broadest range of fantasy elements. They all flawlessly determined recognizable genre, believable characters and rich plot, which is something I always find extremely admirable about short story writers. Thrones of Desire is a fantastic collection of erotic stories that carry a severe hotness warning and definitely require recuperation intervals. Digest this collection at a slow pace or you are sure to suffer a swordplay (*wink*wink*) overload!"
Open Book Society
"It's as good as the blurb promises and just as hot as it sounds! Thrones of Desire is every fantasy geek's wet daydream!"
- For the Love of Reading
"A long day behind you, a soft bed beneath you, and a glorious book of erotic tales held out in front of you...how could you go wrong? With Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire, you are certain to get turned on before you turn the lights off."
Dr. Chelsea Holland
"It’s a book I didn’t want to put down. It’s a book that I didn’t want to take my eyes off of, and MOST important, it’s a book that, at the end of every story, I wished it would just continue on-and-on. That’s how amazing the writers are. If you like the fantasy genre and like your erotica with some heavy plots mixed in, Thrones of Desire is most-likely going to be the best erotica book you’ve ever read."
Pop My Cherry Reviews
"It's fantasy in the epic tradition, but with lots of steam! You'll find dragons and warriors, kings and queens, heroes and villains, sorcerers and secretsit's got it all!"
"Allow yourself the pleasure of being one to read this new anthology of fantasy and eroticism that brings together that world with sex. Even though these stories are basically by women and for women, as a man I really enjoyed the collection as I am sure you will."
Reviews by Amos Lassen
"Sexier than Guinevere and Sir Lancelot’s indiscretions in Arthurian mythology, hot, passionate and magical to boot."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Vicki The initial questions I need to ask myself after reading sexy books are: A) Do I need a cold shower? And B) Will this fire-engine red blush ever go away? In the case of Thrones of Desire; I believe I shall be spending the next week in my freezer and buying a thick pale ivory foundation from this day forth. The title of this book, and perhaps even the conception itself, is something that has most likely been born from the kinky corners of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire bandwagon. That is not to say that George R. R. Martin doesn’t dish out his fair share of kink – but even his Santa Clause beard wouldn’t hide the inevitable mischievous flush. Thrones of Desire is a collection of short stories from various established authors, all of whom are well respected wordkinksmiths in the fantasy/high fantasy/erotic genres. The caliber of writing is nothing short of superb and although the collection is quite literally story after story of sexy olde worldy frolics; there is no repetition or mediocrity. Mitzi Szereto has done a top-notch editing job as each story seamlessly flows into the other. The stories range from lonely women tending to wounded soldiers to fierce female Dragonmeisters strutting around half-naked and generally being awesome. There are elements of magic, forbidden love, bitter sexual tension, violence, death, good versus evil, myth and folklore. Something for everyone, unless you are in anyway prudish… My favorite stories in the collection were At the Sorcerer’s Command by Kim Knox, In the Kingdom of Roz by Madeline Moore and Eyekeeper by Aurelia T. Evans. These three were very different stories but seemed to involve the broadest range of fantasy elements. They all flawlessly determined recognizable genre, believable characters and rich plot, which is something I always find extremely admirable about short story writers. Thrones of Desire is a fantastic collection of erotic stories that carry a severe hotness warning and definitely require recuperation intervals. Digest this collection at a slow pace or you are sure to suffer a swordplay (*wink*wink*) overload! This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Reviewed by: krissygirl Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romance After Dark, a Romancing the Book site When I first saw the cover of the book I knew that I was in for a real treat. If you love short erotic tales then this is the book for you. In a way all the stories go together and in a way they don’t. You will have to read the book to completely understand where I am coming from. I enjoyed reading each and every story. Some I understood and some I didn’t. Almost every one got my blood pumping and in a good way. I just got so into every story and hated it when I came to the end. There are some that will always be my favorite. The way that the book was written and how every story was put in a certain order brought out the best in each one. I could never have such an imagination. I could just imagine myself with a sword and fighting along. I could really imagine myself with the men. Some of the way that the authors described them just made me want them to be real. I loved that I could really imagine them in my head. The sex was just so wild in some of them and some was a little tame. So there is really a story in here for anyone’s enjoyment. Me personally, I love the really hot sizzling one’s. I will be the first to say that I will be reading this book again. So if you love dragons, wizards, warlocks, or just anything to do with magic. With some hot erotic stories around them then this is the book for you. I was really hoping that this book would never end, but they don’t work like that. I will be waiting for the next erotic read that will just make me break out in a sweat. So just bring all the sex that you can.
Maybe not the most erotic book of erotic short stories I've ever read but still gets a big WOW! from me. It's a book filled with magic, a trade paperback loaded with adult-sized Grimm fairy tales.